You might want to start looking for a hedge

Posted by Jason | Posted in Economics | Posted on 29-10-2009

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Many anti-fed economists have been predicting massive inflation with the way the Fed has grown the money supply in order to deal with this current crisis. With all their warnings, I decided to look at GDP, growth of the monetary base, and inflation to see how historically they related to each other. To make it simple, I took it by decade, but there is always a delay. The averages may not show for the decade, but there is definitely a correlation over the long term.

As you can see, inflation is always very close to growth in the monetary base minus the growth in GDP. If you take the averages of all years from 1960 to 2006, you can see the historical correllation. Keep in mind this includes the inflation of the 70s and early 80s, and it still works out. You will notice over the long haul, inflation equals growth in the monetary base minus growth in GDP (7% – 3% = 4%).

Now, let’s look at what has happened from 2007 to today.

So, as you can see the monetary base has grown an average of 38%. Most of that growth has taken place in the past year with the monetary base growing at 100%

If the history of how these three indicators correlate with each other is correct, you better invest in an inflation hedge. It’s going to get ugly.

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